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Willow (Yr6)

Week beginning 5.10.20

 

Another good week for Willow students and teachers seems to have flown by!  We are 5 weeks into term now and there are just two weeks until the first half term break.

 

We are making good progress catching up to where we should be for year 6 after the lock-down and the students are rising to the challenge.  We had a reading and maths test this week which will help us find out what our priorities are for learning going forward.

 

The children are much better at remembering to do and return homework with most children getting this done and back to Mr Ballard for a Friday.  Well done!  See below for this week’s homework.

 

Mr Ballard.

 

English

We were applying the skills we were taught with greater independence this week.  Our writing is increasingly accurate and we will focus more on extending the content with better word choices and more complex sentences.

The Hound Of The Baskervilles continues to keep us gripped and this week we are on a cliff-hangar as the great detective himself has arrived – or was he always there?!  A new clue has landed in our laps and we think we are closing in on the criminal.  We have a clue of our own to solve which should help identify the ‘prime’ suspect!

 

Maths

Our maths has been centred on multiplication up to thousands and the formal method for setting this out.  We are working hard to identify the errors we make and what they can tell us about how we can get better.

Our Friday maths lesson on arithmetic had efficiency (speed and accuracy) as its focus with the 4 operations at its heart.  This is a key part of our SATs preparation and the children are all making great progress here.

 

Topic

The lessons this week focused on researching genuine Victorian inventions, how they changed the world then and continue to play a part in our lives today. 

 

We want to build our own prototypes of our models and need plenty of materials to work with.  We are asking for recyclable materials that could be useful in model making such as clean yoghurt pots, cereal boxes and paper towel tubes.  Please start sending them in early so we can quarantine them to be covid secure.

 

Homework

Reading needs to continue at home as it will in school.  Please try to hear your child as often as you can.  If you can’t hear them read, take time to talk to them about what they are reading.  Encourage them to record all reading in their diaries.  Please feel free to add your own comments to the record when you hear them read or discuss the book with them.

New spellings went home on Friday and each child knows which word list they are working on.  They have a sheet to practise each day and will be tested on those words next Friday.

Each child knows what times table they should be working on.  Again, a little run through every day is best or as often as you can.

There is an additional maths homework sheet which is on this page but there is no need to print it as every child received a paper copy.

 

This week only: Sherlock Holmes’ ‘Prime’ suspect coded clue to solve!  Hint: identify the prime numbers between 0 and 100.

Week beginning 28.9.20

 

It was great to be able to speak to so many parents/carers of Willow students at parents’ evening this week.  I am really proud to be your child’s teacher and so pleased that there is such a desire to work together to do the best for the children.  With home and school all helping the children, we will have a great year and help them on the next step of their journey.

 

If you were not able to book an appointment but still want to speak to me or if you have anything else you want to say/ask, please do get in touch via the school office and I will call you back as soon as I can.  I am always happy to help.

 

Mr Ballard.

 

English

We have been learning and using more of the technical features of writing in our diaries begun last week.  We have been looking at verb forms and conjunctions which will add detail and sophistication to our writing.  We continue to work hard on spellings and punctuation too.

Our main reading focus is The Hound Of The Baskervilles and the action is really hotting up.  As new clues come in, the investigative team of Willow students/detectives are sifting through the evidence and weighing up the different suspects.  We hope to be able to announce an arrest soon but remember – stay off the moor!

 

Maths

Our maths has been centred on the key skills of addition and subtraction this week as we extend what we already know into more complex numbers including large numbers and decimals.  We can also apply the methods of mental and written maths to word problems and decide what maths works best to get the right answer in the quickest way.

Our Friday maths lesson on arithmetic had efficiency (speed and accuracy) as its focus with the 4 operations at its heart.  This is a key part of our SATs preparation and the children are all making great progress here.

 

Topic

Continuing the design process this week we drew diagrams from different viewpoints and added notes and information about exactly how our invention might work.  We will refine these designs and start to explore the skills we need to build prototypes and models.  We will be asking for recyclable materials that could be useful in model making such as clean yoghurt pots, cereal boxes and paper towel tubes.  Please start sending them in early so we can quarantine them to be covid secure.

 

Homework

Reading needs to continue at home as it will in school.  Please try to hear your child as often as you can.  If you can’t hear them read, take time to talk to them about what they are reading.

New spellings went home on Friday and each child knows which word list they are working on.  They have a sheet to practise each day and will be tested on those words next Friday.

Each child knows what times table they should be working on.  Again, a little run through every day is best or as often as you can.

There is an additional maths homework sheet which is on this page but there is no need to print it as every child received a paper copy.

 

Week beginning 21.9.20

 

Willow students continue to shine and are making their mark as Year 6 students felt across the school.

 

English

We have been looking at the features of diary writing this week and have been using a brilliant new text called Cogheart by Peter Bunzl to help us create our own diaries as if we were the main character, Lily.

The story is set in a fantasy version of Victorian England and includes some remarkable mechanical creatures.  Ask your child about the story so far and get regular updates as we read it through the days to come.

As if that wasn’t enough Victorian adventure, we’re also reading The Hound of The Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  This is one of Mr Ballard’s all-time favourites and we are enjoying trying to solve the mystery as we read it, analysing the clues in the style of the great Sherlock Holmes himself.  Who is the guilty party? No spoilers!

 

Maths

It’s all been very positive and negative this week – in numbers at least!  We have been counting and calculating below and across 0 on number lines and in contexts such as money and temperature.  The children enjoyed this work and were able to link what they already know about number rules like bonds, partitioning and four operations and extend it when they have negative, positive, both and a mixture of the two to deal with – challenging stuff!

 

Topic

We started our Victorian topic in earnest this week and began to explore The Great Exhibition of 1851.  If you don’t know what that was about, ask your child to give you the low down.

We discussed what we could invent to solve a problem and become wealthy inventors like Thomas Eddison or today’s billionaire inventor, a certain Mr Dyson who became fabulously rich even though his invention sucks!

We started by finding a problem and then thought of a solution.  We will develop these solutions individually or in creative teams and design and refine them until we are ready to build and then showcase our prototypes at our own Great Exhibition later in the year.

 

Homework

Reading needs to continue at home as it will in school.  Please try to hear your child as often as you can.  If you can’t hear them read, take time to talk to them about what they are reading.

New spellings went home on Friday and each child knows which word list they are working on.  They have a sheet to practise each day and will be tested on those words next Friday.

Each child knows what times table they should be working on.  Again, a little run through every day is best or as often as you can.

There is an additional maths homework sheet which is on this page but there is no need to print it as every child received a paper copy.

Week beginning 14.9.20

 

We’ve had a great week in Willow, setting the standard for behaviour and work with some fantastic newspaper reports written by our journalists.

 

English

Continuing with our text, Leaf, we have written our articles on the events which include interviews, active and passive sentences and a journalistic structure.  Many students chose to create their own art work to accompany the writing and all of us created decorative art which can be seen on the display.

 

Maths

Continuing with place value, we moved on to rounding numbers to specific columns.  We compared and ordered numbers using the mathematic symbols < = >.

We explored which numbers would round to a certain number and why as well as which the largest and smallest would be that would round to a specific number.  This will help us with larger calculations later on in our studies.

 

Topic

Our work On Leaf continued as described above but we also learnt about BRITISH VALUES of democracy, what it means, why it matters and how we all have a part to play.   We held an election for the new school parliament and many children stood as candidates, making speeches to the electorate who voted and returned two brand new representatives from Willow – well done to them!

 

Homework

Reading needs to continue at home as it will in school.  Please try to hear your child as often as you can.  If you can’t hear them read, take time to talk to them about what they are reading.

New spellings went home on Friday and each child knows which word list they are working on.  They have a sheet to practise each day and will be tested on those words next Friday.

Each child knows what times table they should be working on.  Again, a little run through every day is best or as often as you can.

There is an additional maths homework sheet which is on this page but there is no need to print it as every child received a paper copy.

 

PE is on Monday this week. 

Your child needs to come in PE kit which they can wear all day so there is no need to change at school.  

 

Week beginning 7.9.20

Welcome back to school!

 

It has been so good to get back to normal school life this week (with a few more sessions washing hands and other new arrangements to keep everyone safe)!

 

The children have been amazing and very positive at starting back - it has been brilliant to meet everyone and get year 6 under way so well done to everyone for the best first week of the year I can remember.

 

English

We have been using Leaf as our text this week and exploring the themes of migration and climate change which are both covered in the story.  The children have been working on summarising the text and using that to plan a newspaper report which they will draft and polish before publishing next week so watch this space for those!

 

Maths

We have been starting off with place value which is one of our corner stone skills which we have to have embedded so that we can apply it to calculations at every level.  We are working in numbers up to 10,000,000 and will be starting to use the knowledge to apply it to rounding next week which will help us do some really tough problem solving in future.

 

Topic

We are starting off with two weeks inspired by our text (see English) and have used it to inspire some amazing art work which will come together to produce a display in class.  Our work will appear here next week (if all goes to plan)!

 

Homework

Everyone now has a reading book which adults have checked is at the right level to challenge without being too hard.  Please encourage your child to read every day at home.  The diary will stay at school for now to record targets and progress when they read with an adult in the school day.

Spellings went home this week and each child knows which word list they are working on.  They have a sheet to practise each day and will be tested on those words next Friday.

Each child knows what times table they should be working on.  Again, a little run through every day is best or as often as you can.

 

PE is every other Friday starting 18.9.20  Your child needs to come in PE kit which they can wear all day so there is no need to change at school.  

There is an additional session on Monday of the week they don't have it on a Friday.  For Willow, the next Monday they need to come to school in kit is 21st September.

 

Announcements

Exciting news! Churchfield Nursery are excited to announce we now have Nursery places beginning September 2020. Applications can be made for children from Birth to four years old.
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